Passenger train struck rail left on track near Inverness [BBC News]

Date: 19/03/2018

A passenger train struck the end of a piece of rail left on a track following engineering work, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said. The Virgin Trains East Coast train, which had left Inverness bound for London, knocked the 130m (425ft) long rail clear. The train did not derail and was not damaged in the incident on 25 February at Cradlehall, near Inverness. Urgent safety advice has been issued by the RAIB to Network Rail. ScotRail Alliance, which Network Rail Scotland is part of, said it carried out a full investigation after the incident and had taken 'immediate steps to highlight the seriousness to all our employees'.

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The London-bound train struck a 130m long rail left after engineering work but was undamaged